The Gardner

I quite like this song by the Tallest Man on Earth. I normally don’t analyze songs like this, but the lyrics intrigued me so much and I listened to it so many times it just happened. I decided it is a song about paranoia, murder, and how that’s just what you gotta do sometimes.

LyricsMy interpretation
I sense a runner in the gardenA new guy is in the picture, very close (garden = backyard)
Although my judgments known to failAdmits from the start he’s prone to bad judgment
Once built a steamboat in a meadowHe does crazy shit sometimes
‘Cause I’d forgotten how to sailAnd rationalizes it easily
I know the runner’s going to tell youParanoia creeps in
There ain’t no cowboy in my hairThis new guy is going to sabotage him
So now he’s buried by the daisiesMURDER
So I could stay the tallest man in your eyes, babeProblem solved…
I sense a spy up in the chimneyImmediately, a new guy in the picture again
From all the evidence I’ve burnedParanoia creeps in
I guess he’ll read it in the smoke nowA bit of guilt
And soon to ashes I’ll returnCould be the end of him
I know the spy is going to tell youParanoia
It’s not my flag up in the poleSabotage
So now he’s buried by the liliesMURDER
So I could stay forever more in your eyes, babeProblem solved…
I sense a leak inside my phone nowWorst paranoia of all: “big brother”
From all the lies I have toldSome awareness he is flawed…
I know he has your private numberBut still very paranoid
And soon he’ll make that vicious callSabotage
I know the leak is going to tell youParanoia
There ain’t now puppy in your leashSabotage
So now he’ll fertilize the rosesMURDER
So I could stay the king you see in your eyes, babeProblem solved…
And now we’re dancing through the gardenHappiness has returned
And what a garden I have madeAwareness of past activities
And now that death will grow my jasmine 
I find it soothing I’m afraidHe’s proud of it
Now there is no need for suspicionInteresting double-play on suspicion. Who should be suspicious, him or her?
There ain’t no frog kissing your handNo intruders left
I won’t be lying when I tell youConfidence
That I’m a gardner I’m a man in your eyes, babeI guess sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do


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3 responses to “The Gardner”

  1. Ian says:

    I really like how you dissected this song. I have to thank you Chris for showing me another great musician. I was also impressed with the music of Chris McGarry and listen to his music on a daily basis after I visited your CSS-Tricks post about his site walk-through. Again, thank you.

  2. Lovekiller says:

    Man, it’s awesome! This version made my laugh a lot but it seems pretty much to be truth. Actually I was roaming around up to find some CSS stuff, but I enjoy The Tallest Man on Earth, so this post intrigued me, and then I listened to the song reading your comments like subtitles and finally I believed that’s what he means.

  3. Dan O says:

    Very cool song, musician and video! Thanks for another lead to another great artist. Another favorite that that you introduced on CSS-Tricks is Boulder Acoustic Society… And of course the great web-based music player,

    Thanks a Million!

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